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Can I install a home security system with existing equipment in Ann Arbor?

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different security services you can use, you may have questions about if you should use brand-new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Ann Arbor.

Using existing alarms and cameras depends on the circumstance. You should be able to keep your existing equipment and move them to your Vivint security system, but only if they use Z-wave technology and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to use your old device and slip it into your new system.

Your new house has an existing home security system

Many times after you close on a house, you’ll find that the old owners didn’t take a smart home system. All the components function well, are hung in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this case, all you might have to do is to call and establish a new monitoring contract. A Vivint installer will still come out to make sure there are no compatibility issues, and they may offer options on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a quick visit, and you can have your monitoring set up without having a bill for any new devices -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing owners can move an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal transfer fee to make the process a snap. If the previous owners are moving to an apartment or smaller home, turning over the Vivint service may be an addendum of the sale.

You need to move and bring your home security devices with you

You might want to bring your existing home security components with you to a new home when you move. That’s fairly simple to accomplish, as many components are plug and play. You can remove each component by yourself or use a professional installer to come and dismantle the system. Then a pro will set up the same components -- and any new things you want -- in your new house. The home security contract will remain the same.

You use a starter alarm or camera and are looking to build up

Your exterior camera, smart lock, or small glass break sensor helped you notice the advantages of a smart home, and now you want to add on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be throwing away that lone component because it might fit into your new system. Security companies like Vivint have created their services by using the latest technology and allow many modern components.

You could erase the codes and clips you have in the cloud, as they might not integrate into another service provider’s app. But your component will still work like it would when it was an individual alarm or camera. You could even discover some new actions that you can use now that it's is linked to an all-around smart home.

Contact Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Ann Arbor, or you want one customized to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint agent will listen to your security checklist and find the best system for your home. Call (734) 206-7166 or fill out the form below to start.